Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.
The big news this week is that for the first time ever, I broke open a bucket of wheat and milled my own flour. This was all done as part of the testing of my new WonderMill Grain Mill. I am so excited about this I can hardly contain myself. So far I have ground up tow “loads” of flour and made two loaves of bread.
Now here is the deal. I have a review coming up on August 27th and a also giveaway for a free WonderMill. Now how cool is that?
I ordered two new books this week: Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate by John Kallas and The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden by Ivette Soler. Hopefully I will have time to read them give you a brief review before summer is over.
The scariest thing I did this week is cut my own hair! Yep. I trimmed my own hair just to prove I could do. This is not something I want to make a habit of but thought I better give it a shot – talk about walking the walk.
I did a whole bunch of other things this week while Shelly (aka the Survival Husband) has been gone. I kind-of sort-of fixed the dishwasher that was coming out of its slot I the cupboard and I fixed the refrigerator door that was getting stuck on open. It just goes to show you that girly girls can and do figure things out. Seriously though, I needed more practice doing household repairs so I just rolled up my sleeves, figuratively, and did it!
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Alfredo Moser: Bottle light inventor proud to be poor: This is very cool. Alfredo Moser’s invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity – using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. Hat tip to Larry M!
Is online gun training OK? States split: A just-passed Colorado law says yes and has banned online-only training for permits. Some other states say getting trained online is just fine. And here in my own state (Washington State), you simply need to undergo a background check.
Newly Discovered Eighth Grade Exam From 1912 Shows How Dumbed Down America Has Become: I took a look at the exam and cripes, I could not answer some of the questions. I thought I was smart and well educated. Could you pass this 1912 test?
The Secret GOOD NEWS from Fukushima: It is hard to believe that anything good could have come from the Fukushima meltdown.
Colorado Vault Is Fort Knox For The World’s Seeds: When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations to start flying. A flurry of initial finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Fort Collins, Colo., which housed the same strain of wheat, developed by Monsanto Corp., for about seven years up until late 2011.
Betty’s Buttermilk Rye Bread: I am not a big fan of rye bread but this looks delicious. Common Sense Homesteading is one of my favorite websites.
Wal-Mart drop in sales reveals a tale of two consumers: I have maintained for quite some time that the PTD wants to create a classed society. It does not take rocket science to figure out that two-thirds of those with more than $180,000 a year in income say they “feel good about how much money they have to spend”. I can only dream about having that type of income.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READER TIPS
From “Doc” comes this tip to keep in mind when putting together your survival pack:
Also consider personal hygiene issues, as they can lead to some serious nastiness. I would recommend a small shovel, toilet tissue, feminine hygiene products, and hand sanitizer at a minimum. Several trash bags for long term survival situations are necessary, as well. Baby wipes work in a pinch, are cheap, don’t take up too much room and are a good way to wash your body when there is no running water. A thick paste of baby powder and water will wash the odor causing bacteria from smelly feet and arm pits also!
NEED TO PRINT SOMETHING?
I have had a few emails from reading expressing an interest in printing our articles without all of the graphics. Easy peasy. At the bottom of each article are two little icons, one for printing and the other for creating a pdf. Using these icons, you can print an article without photos and graphics, saving yourself a ton of toner.
You all know my pal George Ure, right? He has been my BFF since 1971 and I am helping him build a Facebook presence so if you do Facebook and are a fan of George, head on over to https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeUreUrbanSurvival and like his page.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BLOOPERS
Boy do I have a blooper for you this week. I tried making my own DIY cleaning wipes and DIY makeup wipes. The recipes I tried used paper towels. Just to be clear, I do not normally use paper towels and and, for that matter, I do not use store bought wipes either. But fair enough, I know lots of people do.
What a mess. I did not have a container large enough to store the paper towels that I had dutifully cut in half (with my kitchen knife) and even then, the wipes themselves came out rough and sloppy. Sorry, I am going to take a pass on this one.
Are there alternatives? Sure thing. Watch for my “Castile Soap Wonderful” post on Tuesday. It is going to be a good one.
THE FINAL WORD
Can you believe that Fall is right around the corner? I don’t know about you but I spent way too much time indoors this summer – something I need to remedy for sure next year.
Before closing today I have to ask: What did you do to prep this week? And until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, hear are the some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz plus another preview of the Amazon Top 10.
The Edible Front Yard: I actually do grow veggies in my front yard and the homeowners police have said nary a word. My space is so limited that I hope to get some additional ideas from this book.
Emergency Fire Starter: Hugely popular with my readers, this inexpensive magnesium emergency fire starter will do the job for less than $5.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: At only 2 ounces (in weight), the LifeStraw is suitable for a backpack or bug out bag. It is easy to use and requires no chemicals to remove a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria.
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: Pick your poison, color-wise, just be aware that some colors are more expensive than others. What to do with Paracord? Read: 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.
Tinder-Quik Fire Tabs: There are times when your DIY fire starting materials may not be available. These fire tabs will fit the bill nicely.
Chainmate Survival Pocket Chain Saw With Pouch: This is a survival chain saw that includes a belt loop pouch. Here is what one of the reviewers said: “This thing EATS wood and weighs nothing!! It takes a little bit of effort but you can chew through a hardwood tree half a foot thick in literally a couple minutes; half that if you use two people (one on each end).”
Cyalume SnapLight Industrial Grade Chemical Light Sticks: You know how I love my light sticks. Keep them in drawers next to the bed, your kitchen junk drawer, your car, your backpack – everywhere. Read: Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
One item I can recommend available is their Do It Yourself SuperPail Combo. It includes 6 x 6-Gallon Buckets with Lids, 6 x Metallized Storage Bags and a 10-Pack of Large Oxygen Absorbers.
Don’t forget that you do not need fancy equipment to seal the metalized bag. A cheap hair iron will do the job.
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THIS WEEK FROM THE ALMOST FREE DEPARTMENT
I found one of these nifty little credit card tools on Amazon for $1.31 with free shipping. This tiny little survival tool is no bigger than a business card and fits right in your wallet, so you’ll always have it on you. It includes the following tools:
Bottle Cap Opener
4 Position Wrench
Direction Ancillary Indicator
2 Position Wrench
Here is a link were you can get it: Business Card Survival Tool